The Seed of Abraham

Shahidi Islam - Theologian, Entrepreneur, and Author

Peace to the Gods and Goddesses of the foundation;

Much love goes to New York City;

And mad respect to London;

In The African Roots of Hebraism I refer to black people as the original Hebrews and the current white Jews as nothing more than converts. You may therefore ask at this point, why, after all the Jews have been through, am I subjecting them to this further humiliation and controversy?

First of all, if the white Jews are as anti-racist as many of them claim to be then being called converts to a black culture should in fact be considered an honour and not a humiliation.

Secondly, according to Jose Malcioln, the man Abraham was from a time when a lot of people practiced a Bedouin culture, travelling from place to place in tents, the sedentary communities being very small and heavily walled in at that time.

Only two areas had large cities in their location: Egypt (Kemet) and Chaldea (Sumer). Abraham came from Sumer as a Bedouin tribesman. He “converted the people of Canaan during a period when Babylonia, Ethiopia, and Arabia were ruled by African” (Malcioln 1996: 48).

Drusilla Dunjee Houston adds, “Arabia, Egypt, Chaldea and India were colonies of the Cushite empire” (Houston 1966; quoted in Malcioln 1996: 51), also clarifying that the historian idea “of the Semitic conquest of Babylon as early as 4500 B.C.E is erroneous unless they explain that these Arabians were Cushite Arabians, another division of the race of the black Sumerians” (Houston 1966; quoted in Malcioln 1996: 51).

Therefore, if Abraham existed during early Sumerian times one thing is for sure, he must have been a black man.

But one could then ask: Why are the current Jews white if at least from Abraham to Moses the Israelites were black? To answer this question we must understand something very fundamental, the white Jews are divided into three groups: the Sephardim, the Ashkenazim and the African.

The Sephardis are the Jews from Spain, Portugal, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa. In 1492, when the Jews and Moors were expelled from Spain and Portugal the two groups were both darker skinned than the Europeans.

It was this same year that Columbus set sail to find India and found the Americas. The Sephardi Jews that went with Columbus had more favour than the West African Jews who were later taken as slaves to the New World.

Columbus had numerous Africans aboard his ship, who were the ones that taught Columbus that the world was round (common knowledge in the Muslim and African world). True indeed, neither fared very well in comparison to the European, but the Sephardi, being of relatively mixed race, were less racist than their Ashkenazi counterparts.

Ashkenazi Jews are interesting. They come from East and Western Europe and Russia and make up the majority of the Jews found in North America. This group are not real Jews (aside from the fact that most of them are atheist) racially they do not come from the seed of Abraham.

Arthur Koestler explains the story as a political one. There was a barbarian people living in Europe between the Caucasus and the Volga called the Khazars. This group were the largest barbarian clan in Europe and constituted the size of a modern nation.

However, though they had dominion over all the other tribal clans of their area, their king (the Khagan) understood that the pagan gods were on the decline, and, through relations with the Byzantine Emperor, came to respect that he would have to abandon his pagan traditions for the more intellectually respectable monotheism then being diffused to the nations.

Malcioln (1996: 99) states, “The Khagan and his ruling class were clear on the issue. He and the top echelon knew the military power of the Caliph of Baghdad. If they chose Islam, they would be subjugated by the Caliphate according to the Islamic laws. If the Khazars chose Christianity, they would be equally subjugated by the Roman Emperor and dominated by his laws through the cross. So the majority of Khazar pagans followed their leader and the nobility, who selected Judaism to avoid subordination. These Pagans converted for convenience; they were not interested in the promises of being on God’s side.”

All this took place around the eighth century, this Caucasoid race of people, who converted to Judaism, became the vast majority of world Jewry through conversion not by race. Their current racial distinction means nothing as they are not the true seed of Abraham.

But this only opens up a new can of worms, even if the Europeans are not the real Jews how do we know if Africans are the real Jews? Aren’t Africans Hamites, which is different from the Jews?

All bringing us to the African Jews. If one considers the history of the Roman Empire it is very well understood that black Romans were very common and were hardly treated with racist discrimination in the empire.

The Romans, who had for years been at war with North Africa, particularly Carthage, did not oppress the Cyrene or Carthaginian citizens of Rome, in fact, they allowed them their own plot of land in the imperial city Africa Romana.

According to Malcioln, “Cyrenaica, with Benghasi…was a Roman port in East Libya. It bordered on the Mediterranean and many Jews lived there. In 155 A.C.E the Jews rebelled against Rome. Roman might was exerted and the rebellion was soon crushed. The outcome caused all Jewish communities of the area to again disperse southward in two hordes. A number of Jews crossed the Bend of the Niger on to Senegal and Futa. These Jews encountered others whose diaspora was flowing westwards via southern Morocco and Mauretania Adrar” (Malcioln 1996: 186).

J.C. de Graft Johnson say, “There is perhaps no group of people in the western Sudan who have more Jewish blood in them than the pastoral Fulani of Futa” (de Graft Johnson 1954; quoted in Malcioln 1996: 186).

And Henry Johnson adds, “It is certain, however, that a considerable element of Egyptian Culture entered Negroid Africa by way of Darfur, Wadai, Lake Chad, and thence to the Upper Niger; and along this route the dominant type of longhorned cattle may have reached the Fula of West Africa” (Johnson 1903; quoted in Malcioln 1996: 186).

The Bible also mentions the relation between Africa and the early Church, “Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manean, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul” (Acts 13: 1). To be sure, all, and not just two, of these were black.

Acts also mentions how, “a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet” (Acts 8: 27, 28). The eunuch was later baptised by Philip.

The interesting thing about this story is it comes before the conversion of Cornelius, “a centurion of the band called the Italian band” (Acts 10: 1) and yet it did not arouse comment.

If the Jews were not black then why did Cornelius’ conversion require explanation and the eunuch of an Ethiopian queen, more important by far than a Roman centurion, required nothing?

The early Church movement must have been a black movement for black people only until Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, converted non-blacks into the movement.

In fact, the Jews and the Messiah did not officially become white until after the Renaissance when they Europeanized the Jewish traditions and Jewish characters.

This all brings us to the blessings of Abraham. If Abraham was black, Moses was black, the Messiah was black and the early Christians were black, then why do the European Jews claim to be under Abraham’s blessing and claim that their current wealth and prestige is a result of Abraham’s blessing?

The fact is, the Ashkenazis capitalized from three things: they came en masse into the banking profession, they involved themselves tenaciously in politics and they studied rigorously the sciences.

Their “blessing” is not a result of Abraham, but of hard work and involvement.

We blacks, on the other hand, seem to be more under God’s curse than in his blessing; but this can all change if we begin to also work hard and involve ourselves in politics, which is where real change comes from.


Malcioln, J V (1996); The African Origins of Modern Judaism: From Hebrews to Jews; Africa World Press, Inc.

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      Affairs of West Africa – E.D. Morel
      Black Sumer: The Physical Evidence (Part One) – Hermel Hermstein
      Black Sumer: The Physical Evidence (Part Two) – Hermel Hermstein
      Eden: The Biblical Garden Discovered in East Africa – Gert Muller
      Eden in Egypt: Adam and Eve were Pharaoh Akhenaton and Queen Nefertiti – Ralph Ellis
      From Babylon to Timbuktu: A History of the Ancient Black Races Including the Black Hebrews – Rudolph R. Windsor
      Hebrewisms of West Africa: From Nile to Niger with the Jews – Joseph J. Williams*
      Ibos: Hebrew Exiles from Israel – Prof. O. Alaezi
      Moses and Akhenaten: The Secret History of Egypt at the Time of the Exodus – Ahmed Osman
      Moses and Monotheism – Sigmund Freud
      Savannah Nomads: A Study of the Wodabe Pastoral Fulani of Western Bornu Province Northern Region, Nigeria – Derrick J. Stenning
      Solomon Pharaoh of Egypt: The Tombs of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba Discovered – Ralph Ellis
      The African Origins of Modern Judaism: From Hebrews to Jews – Jose V. Malcioln
      The Ancient Black Hebrew and Arabs – Anu M’Bantu and Gert Muller
      The Black Jews of Africa: History, Religion, Identity – Edith Bruder
      The Hebrew Heritage of Black Africa – Steven Jacobs
      The Jews of Africa: Especially in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries – Sidney Mendelssohn
      The Thirteenth Tribe: The Khazar Empire and its Heritage – Arthur Koestler
      Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire – Drusilla Dunjee Houston
      Yahushua: The Black Messiah – Rabbi Simon Altaf

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